Honeymoons are a huge part of the wedding experience in the modern world, with so many options to choose from
and destinations to research, where would your dream destination be?
As a Travel Counsellor, I am able to build the perfect honeymoon for you, whether it is a secluded break in the Lake District or a multi-centred trip taking in a number of resorts, I am able to take care of every last detail, giving you more time to focus on the wedding.
There are many popular honeymoon destinations, and Thailand is certainly one of those, ever popular for so many reasons, it could prove the perfect romantic retreat for you and your new spouse.
I’ll be the first to admit I am slightly biased when it comes to Thailand having lived there for a year while teaching English. Whenever I have enquiries for Thailand I gush with praise and nostalgia at the time I spent in one of the world’s most beautiful countries. For me, it is a destination that has everything, from lush golden beaches, tropical forests, bustling cities with shopping and entertainment to die for and a culture of unending hospitality, it is no wonder it is known as the “land of smiles”. With prices so reasonable, even those on a fairly tight budget are able to opt for the more luxurious hotels and resorts without too much concern, while expenses there are often astoundingly cheap. Scrumptious meals and delicious drinks will barely make a dent in your purse or wallet.
For honeymooners, the traditional options would be to opt for a stay at one of the many luxury resorts in the islands towards the South of Thailand. Koh Samui in particular is one that couples tend to gravitate towards. There are so many beautiful beaches, outstanding hotels and thriving nightlife that you could happily stay here for the duration and be more than content. For a more thriving, lively option, Phuket is also hugely popular. Though the main hub of Patong may not be to everyone’s tastes it is a huge island with so much to offer visitors, and with some romantic hideaways nestled away from the hive of activity that is Patong there is no reason to be put off by it, you could dip in and out as much or as little as you like. Failing that, staying far away from Patong is also a very common choice, with plenty of gorgeous resorts nestled in the hills, along the coast and beyond. From Phuket you can also access Koh Phi Phi, the island made famous by Leo Di Caprio in “The Beach”, and overnight stays are available there for one night of secluded romance in your own personal paradise.
Koh Tao is growing in popularity too, mainly with the younger crowd and is known as a diver’s paradise, which gives you some idea of the beauty found along its coast. (Though for the really adventurous couples why not try an underwater wedding? The city I used to call home, Trang, holds the largest underwater wedding festival in the world!) However, there are literally hundreds of islands along the shores of this fascinating place, and plenty of ways to see them without compromising on luxury or quality. One personal hidden gem that I truly fell in love with while staying in Thailand is a small island on the Andaman coast called Koh Muk, which translates as “Pearl Island”. With a couple of hotels, including an infinity pool looking out on the glistening blue ocean it really feels like an undiscovered piece of paradise. Within the island there is a cave, known as the Emerald Cave, only accessible by boat, where after being led through the pitch black swim by a guide you emerge into a glorious cove beach, completely surrounded on all sides by rocks. The colour of the sea gives it the unique name and it truly feels like a complete escape from reality, perfect for two newlyweds.
Outside of these traditional and off the beaten track venues, there are the endless city possibilities that Thailand has to offer, for the more active honeymooners. Clearly Bangkok needs no introduction, a city that has everything and truly has to be seen to be believed at times. I accept that this may not be a city everyone would enjoy but I always tell my clients it would be a shame not to spend at least a couple of days in the Bangkok bubble. It can be easily combined with most trips without impinging on price, and even the most luxurious hotels there offer a very reasonable rate.
Further North is the gem of Chang Mai. A more traditional Thai city, known for its culture and natural beauty, complete with magnificent wildlife, most notably elephants. This is a city that lovers can truly appreciate. It feels almost like a step back in time in certain aspects, and with so much to see and do, I would certainly put this high on any more active honeymooner’s wish list.
I could list the potential destinations in Thailand but this piece would be never-ending, as there are far too many to contemplate. I would personally opt for at least two destinations while there, as it would be a shame not to see more of such a fabulous country. Perhaps a week of secluded romance coupled with a week of city and adventure? Whatever your desires from your honeymoon, be it active, lively, secluded, adventurous or luxurious, Thailand has it all, and it can all be done without hurting your bank balance. As a Travel Counsellor (and former Thai resident!) I have the inside track and contacts available to build your perfect honeymoon, there, or indeed anywhere for that matter. For me though, a piece of my heart will always remain in Thailand, so why not share this wonderful, special place with the one you love?
Written by, IAN HUGHES